Cheater Chai Tea Latte

Starbucks' Chai Tea Latte is one of my favorite hot drinks (one of many). When the craving hits me at home I have a simple cheat for a mock Starbucks Chai Tea Latte that only takes about 2 minutes to make:Ingredients:...more

Wineducation: Valentine's Wine Picks

There is many a besotted couple that only wine on Valentines Day because of the pressure to make this day special. The rest of the three hundred and sixty-four days of the year they rely upon other sorts of spirits to provide that warm and fuzzy buzz, so when this holiday focused on Love rolls around every February, these once a year wine drinkers are left staring aimlessly at the wine aisle with no clue what wine to pair with their impending evening of amore. ...more

Buffalo Grove Merlot: A Six Dollar Beauty?

I used to consider myself a Cabernet Sauvignon type of girl. I loved the rich red hues, bold flavors, and the security of what to expect when ordering a glass of wine when out at a restaurant, but recently my taste have changed.  Now I would say that I gravitate more towards Merlot and Pinot Noirs (which is unfortunate because of the Pinot's more expensive price tag), but I find these two reds range of taste more broad, and usually more enjoyable as well. ...more

Benefits Of Juicing (And Some Recipes You Can Try)

Juicing has become very popular among people wanting to lose weight and stay healthy that you’re bound to find a juice bar anywhere you go. But is juicing really living up to its hype, and should you invest in a heavy duty juicing machine? Should you implement juicing in your daily regimen?What Are The Benefits Of Juicing?...more

Wineducation: Age it or Drink it?

One of the perks of my love of wine is that people gift me bottles for most any occasion, dinner parties, birthdays, and the Christmas holidays have all added a nice selection to my wine rack (if only there could be more reasons).  With all these beautiful bottles of wine comes the lingering question if whether some of the higher end bottles we should drink right away, as in, “Thank you for this…now let’s pop the cork of this bad boy,” or be saved as in, “Thank you, we will save this lovely bottle for a special occasion.” ...more

Juicing for Health: The Green Apple #Recipe

Juicing! Why are you talking about juicing, Carla? It’s Monday. The Move Nourish Believe Challenge starts pretty soon and part of the challenge is to do a recap at the end of the week regarding the challenge, your workouts, etc. There’s a $1000 Lorna Jane shopping spree up for grabs so I’m going to give it my all (don’t forget to sign up)....more

Found Object Malbec: Found Flavor

After a lovely dinner at Maria's Italian Kitchen, that was accompanied by a delicious Robert Mondavi California Pinot Noir, the Hubs and I decided to pop in to Trader Joe's and pick up a bottle of wine to complete the evening.  The Hubs is a lover of "real booze" as I call it, you know sipping bourbon or an aged whiskey, so the decision making involved picking a wine that would offer a slow burn. ...more
I'm a sucker for a cute label too! I love Malbec and will see if my TJ's has this one-thanks for ...more

Homemade Hard Cider: The Final Steps

The apples have been pressed, the yeast has been cultured, and the sugar has all been turned into CO2 and alcohol!...more

How to boil boba properly + tales of disasters

I wanted to make boba for a potluck and remembered my mom used to make them. She just boiled them for 5-10 minutes and voila, easy boba! I bought a bag from Chinatown, which had zero instructions. You can see where this is going.....more

Mango Basil Sangria

I recently acquired a bottle of Pisco (clear grape brandy - I didn’t kno...more